Thursday 22 February 2018

Garda in hospital after tackling armed men who hijacked a taxi

A garda examines the scene of the incident where the hijacked taxi was stopped by gardaí in Finglas, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Caroline Quinn
A garda examines the scene of the incident where the hijacked taxi was stopped by gardaí in Finglas, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Robin Schiller

A garda is being treated in hospital after suffering injuries during the arrest of two men suspected of hijacking a taxi.

The incident happened in Finglas, Dublin, in the early hours of yesterday.

It involved more than half-a-dozen police cars and the Garda Air Support Unit pursuing the stolen vehicle.

The taxi driver had a lucky escape after two men attempted to stab him as they stole his car.

A 39-year-old man, from Mulhuddart, remained in Garda custody last night, while a 26-year-old from the Fairview area, a suspect in the case, was being treated in hospital for the serious injuries he sustained during the incident.

At around 2.30am, gardaí received a report that a taxi had been hijacked on Ballyboggan Road.

A source said the driver picked up two men who demanded he hand over the Toyota Avensis.

"They pulled him by the seatbelt, pinning him into the seat," the source said.

"One pulled a knife and tried to stab the driver in the stomach. The knife didn't go through the jacket.

"The driver is lucky to be alive after he was nearly stabbed twice."

In a statement, gardaí con­firmed the stolen vehicle was spotted on the M50 and was eventually stopped by officers at a cul-de-sac on Mellowes Crescent, Finglas.

A spokesman said one garda received an arm injury during the course of the arrest and was being treated at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

It has emerged the officer suffered a large gash to the arm, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The men were both detained at Finglas garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. Yesterday, the scene where the car was stopped remained sealed off to allow a thorough search of the vehicle.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination.

One neighbour in Mellowes Crescent, who was woken up to the noise of squad cars and shouting, said: "There was a massive commotion. I originally believed that someone had been shot."

Irish Independent

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